BioWare Boss On Anthem: “We Remain 100% Committed”
BioWare’s newest game, Anthem, received a mixed critical reception upon release in February. It sold very well but it might not have had the impact some expected it to. BioWare later delayed a lot of the game’s anticipated content, leading some to worry about its future. Some of Anthem’s top developers are now speaking up to stress to fans that that BioWare is committed to the project. Anthem’s head of live services, Chad Robertson, said on Twitter that BioWare remains fully committed to the game and expanding it with new content.
“We remain 100% committed to Anthem and look forward to showing players the new content we are working on,” he said. “We want to make sure we aren’t overpromising, so our updates on what’s coming in the game will be focused when we have things near completion.”
A “big team” is working on Anthem’s upcoming content across BioWare’s Austin and Edmonton studios, Robertson added. The teams are specifically working on “improving the game.”
BioWare lead producer Michael Gamble weighed in as well. He said BioWare’s commitment to Anthem “has not changed,” despite what you might have heard.
In April, BioWare acknowledged that it hadn’t done an optimal job of communicating with fans. Going forward, BioWare plans to stay quiet until work is closer to being finished.
“A lesson we have learned is we have been talking about things too early. There are so many factors that can cause us to pivot on our plans–whether it’s bugs & stability issues, player feedback, or complications with a feature that require us to take more time to deliver it,” BioWare said. “Our goal is to tell you about new content and features once the work is closer to being done.”
As part of BioWare’s effort to communicate with fans and involve them, BioWare is launching a Player Feedback Environment (PFE) server for Anthem’s PC version. The purpose of this is to give a small amount of players access to new content before it’s released publicly to share feedback with BioWare.
“We believe in Anthem. We believe the game will be great, but we recognize getting there will take a lot of hard work,” the developer said. “We want to do that work and we want you all to join us on the journey to get there.”